Head of UK Advocacy

About 5Rights

5Rights Foundation is a policy and advocacy organisation that works towards realising enforceable, statutory regulation and positive change across technology products and services to protect the rights and welfare of children and young people online.

We exist to build the digital world that young people deserve, allowing them to engage online creatively, knowledgeably, and fearlessly.

Our small team works for real-world impact on behalf of and with young people, pioneering change in how the digital world works in the UK and around the globe, across our three goals:

  • Global standards for data protection and young people:  we supported the introduction of the Age-Appropriate Design Code in the UK, which has already had an impact on how digital services treat children and which the New York Times has said should be replicated in the US. We are the sponsor of a similar Code progressing through the legislature in California.
  • Child-Centred Design:  our work ranges from groundbreaking research into how the design of digital services puts children at risk to support the creation of a new international industry standard for child-centred design
  • Children’s Rights:  we worked with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to draft and see adopted a new international agreement that makes explicit - for the first time - that children’s rights apply in the digital world. We have published a Toolkit to make this a reality, launched by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, and representatives of the African Union, European Union, and UN.

Role Purpose

More than ever before, in 2021 tech companies were put on notice for their abuse of power and negligence when it comes to children’s well-being. This role is an opportunity for you to help seize this moment of profound change.

In this role, you will drive work in the UK towards a digital world that has children’s rights at its heart. You will develop and deliver advocacy strategies in collaboration with our policy and comms teams to represent and advance 5Rights’ positions and mission in the UK.

Key Responsibilities

Essentially, this role boils down to these areas:

  • Crafting strategy:
    • Develop and drive the delivery of effective influencing strategies to advance legislative and regulatory change in the UK, including around the Online Safety Bill and the regulatory frameworks that will sit under the new regime.
    • Identify and mobilising support to deliver change, including working with our policy and communications teams
    • Ensure our international team is informed of developments and opportunities in the UK.
  • Advocating for children’s rights in a digital world
    • Advocate with and educate policymakers and regulators about the importance of children’s data privacy, child-centred design, and children’s rights online
    • Work with legislators to drive policy aims and expand our network, building relationships with all parties
  • Engaging externally to build momentum for reform
    • Build domestic and international partnerships as necessary to drive change for children’s rights online, sometimes leading, sometimes supporting and always collaborating when it makes sense
    • Working with our communications team to craft materials for engaging decision-makers and our network
    • Be a spokesperson for 5Rights, briefing the media and representing the organisation at events.

If you are a driven, dynamic advocacy professional and you are excited at the prospect of creating a digital world that children and young people deserve, we encourage you to apply.

Person Specification

Even if you don’t fulfil all the requirements below, if you see yourself in some of the points, we encourage you to apply.

  • You are excited about contributing to making a digital world that young people deserve. You are driven by mission, not ego, and will get stuck into whatever work is needed to serve children and young people
  • You get how to make change happen: you have strong political judgement and a clear understanding of how to develop and deliver insider and outsider influencing strategies to deliver significant reforms
  • You are adept at advocating on issues that are both technical and political, such as data privacy or children’s rights, and developing your understanding of new policy areas.
  • Deep network of relationships with stakeholders across the spectrum, including legislators, regulators, advocates, and media.
  • You are a doer: you are proactive, you constantly seek the strategic line between activity and impact, and you enjoy getting stuck into the delivery of impactful work
  • You are a persuasive communicator, in person and in writing, able to make the case for specific changes and ambitious reforms, to different audiences
  • Your drive is matched by your exceptional organisational skills: you are relentless at problem-solving, willing to move quickly, and have demonstrated sound judgement and a systematic approach to prioritisation
  • You are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion: you believe and act in a way that celebrates and encourages a range of experiences, views and values.
  • You are a self-starter and a team player: you are equally confident in taking the initiative, supporting the team, and asking for help.

Practical Details

  • Salary and benefits: £45,000-50,000, with statutory pension contribution and 25 days annual leave
  • This is a 40hr/week position
  • Location: London-based, expected to be in the office (near Angel tube) each week (currently three days a week). Our core working hours at the moment are 9am-6pm.
  • Reporting line: Executive Director
  • No line management responsibility initially, though there is the possibility of management in the future.
  • Please note we do not currently have step-free access in our office, but this is something we are looking to rectify in the future as part of our efforts to be an inclusive workplace. Work equipment including a laptop will be provided.
  • 5Rights values diversity and we strongly encourage people from under-represented groups to apply for this role. We aim for our recruitment to be inclusive and equitable, and we strive to constantly learn and improve in this regard. Feel free to share your views and suggestions on how we could improve our approach with us via email admin@5rightsfoundation.com

How to Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to applications@5rightsfoundation.com, by the latest 18 July. Please include in your email where your heard about this role.

We encourage early applications as we might invite strong candidates to interview ahead of the application closing date. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a written task ahead of the interview. The task will take 1 hour. Initial interviews will be held over Zoom or in person, as per the candidates’ references.

Please get in touch with applications@5rightsfoundation.com if you require any support with your application.